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According to the textbook, a London interaction is the interaction between instantaneous electric dipoles on neighboring molecules. Van der Waals interactions are Intermolecular interactions that depend on the inverse sixth power of the separation.
Van der Waals and London forces are used as the same term. For the definition of London forces, it is essentially the weakest type of intermolecular forces, and this is usually between two dipoles. They are also known as induced dipole- induced dipole interactions as well.
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